What makes a home green / Guides

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...al emissions as much as possible, whether you are building, buying or renting. Keep in mind, this is not a sacrifice you are making. A green home usually translates into financial savings and improved quality of life. And it all starts with a home of a reasonable size, in a reasonable location. A green lifestyle ...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...home maintenance and made the energy-efficient improvements that today's buyers have come to expect? Is your home decorated to modern tastes, or has its appearance changed little over the decades? A little effort makes a big difference in how long your home sits on the market. Homes with lapsed maintenance and outdat...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...any programs that can help homeowners save money with more energy efficient homes and lifestyles. See our Green Home Renovation Tax Credits and Financial Incentives page to find out what other programs are available, such as Electric Vehicle Tax Incentives and Rebates , how Vancouver makes attaining Passive House certi...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...A market study by AVID Ratings Canada for the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) surveyed 12,000 homebuyers across Canada to see what Canadians are looking for when they go house shopping. We were pleased but not at all surprised by the results - here they are: The top 10 assets that homebuyers value: 1. Wa...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...act domestic wind turbine on Kickstarter claim that "for places that get less than 300 days of sun a year, a PowerPod could produce more power, for less money than solar panels" which really did make us wonder, as there are so many variables in play that we don't see how that can always be true. Important in that cla...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...ater per day, research shows that the average Canadian generates over 300 litres of waste water each day . This statistic makes Canadians one of the highest per capita consumers of water on the planet. Gray water recycling Since gray water is whatever you send down your sinks, bath and shower drains, it will contai...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...all ensures you have an abundance of such greenery. And an automated system such as this also means your plants won't die of thirst due to forgetfulness. Green walls for living rooms © The Bahia Studio A living wall (also known as a green wall, plant wall or vertical garden) is not a cheap feature to add to a h...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...art by asking the question: What makes a home livable? This query sparked the Livable Homes initiative launched by Perkins+Will. The initiative surveys participants around the question ‘What makes a home livable to you?’ Developed as a publically accessible platform, livablehomes.perkinswill.com has received 140 ...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...and strength of wood. You can easily frame a wooden roof to carry the added weight of soil on a green roof, and wood is renewable, usually local, and more sustainably harvested than metal. 4. Health: Container houses may subject you to toxic substances, as it is hard to know what was previously contained in a conta...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...are building minimally-insulated Victorian-like homes and pulling them down the highway with back porch swings and roosters on weather vanes spinning at 5000 RPMs. You might as well be pulling an open parachute. We need to call a spade a spade folks; this is a cute, but it also makes for a particularly high-carbon fo...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...ases the value of the property and makes it easier to rent when you leave. These are affordable solutions that will help to reduce your bills and the ecological footprint of your home. Renovation tax credits and financial incentives: First speak with your bank and find out what funds you have available. Many bank...